(formerly GUNS n ROSES)

We are a fun, positive, and recreational dragon boat team with a bit of a competitive vibe. Our focus is to be inclusive and welcome all paddlers regardless of age, fitness level or dragon boat experience. We come together to practice and race to achieve realistic and collective goals. We care about improving our own performance every time, no matter where or who we are up against. Practices take place once a week from May to September.  Together, we can build a sense of belonging, inclusion and achievement.

The team changed their name in 2024 from Guns n Roses to Flying Dragons.  This was done for copyright reasons as well as to remove the word "guns" from the team name.  The team took name suggestions and then a vote, and this was the winning name!  Note that while the webpage and email address have changed, using the old ones in the interim will still work (emails will be automatically forwarded to the new Flying-Dragons one).  A logo will be created prior to the start of the year.  At left is simply a temporary placeholder of the Chinese characters for Flying Dragons.

Our fabulous coach of 8 years, Natalie Wong, retired at the end of 2023 and was celebrated at the team's end-of-season party.  The team will miss her energy, knowledge and inspiration!  A new coach, Terence Yu has been identified for our 2024 season.  He is an amazing coach with years of experience and all-round nice person. We also thank Babar for being a trusted co-captain for the GnR team for years, until the end of 2023.  Babar was also thanked at the end-of-season party.  New co-captain Ayesha was announced there as well, and both Shalini and Ayesha worked with Tim to create the 2024 team program.

If you have questions contact Shalini and Ayesha at Flying-Dragons @  

2024 Program Details

We practice once a week from May to September and participate in 3 regattas.

Practices:  20 Weeks


Practicing THURSDAYs, 7:30 to 8:45 PM

May 9/16/23/30, June 6/13/20/27,

July 4/11/18/25, Aug 1/8/15/22/29,

Sept 5/12/19.  Please arrive by 7 PM. 


Outer Harbour (480 Unwin Ave).

(see the Practice Site page).
Free unlimited parking!


Use of paddles and life jackets is included.  We arrange bulk paddle orders for those interested.

Regattas: 3

Dragon Boat Festival

Saturday, June 8th in Peterborough.  Our first time racing at this event!  3x250m knockout races at Del Crary Park (2 hours drive east of Toronto).

Canada Day Regatta
(Toronto Island)

Monday, July 1st on Toronto Island with all other Rusty Dragons teams! New medals & trophies coming for 2024!

Stratford Rotary Dragon Boat Festival

Saturday, Sept 14th on Lake Victoria in scenic Stratford!  A great venue to end our 2024 season of racing.


$504   (Includes a new dye-sublimated team jersey)

Note: On Feb 16th, the fee listed here was changed from $580 to $504.  The $580 fee was a draft fee that should have been $565.  The team captains then applied a $340 FlipGive credit to the budget as well as team manager changed the break-even number of paddlers from 20 to 22 - resulting in the lower $504 fee. 

Payment is preferred by Interac e-mail transfer to "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." or by cheque to "Rusty Dragons Adventures".  Please add a comment with the payment to say who it is for the e-mail transfer.  
Contact Shalini at "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." for our mailing address. Payments are appreciated as early as possible.  

**Note: The calculated fee is $504 due upon registration (by April 1, but appreciated if some can pay earlier). An option is two part payments: #1 $304 by April 1 and #2 $200 due by June 15.

Thank you!

JOIN US in 2024!

Meet new people, learn new skills, breathe in some fresh air, enjoy the waterfront, and get a little exercise. Don't miss our adventure this coming season with the thrill of racing and the camaraderie of our special group.


This year we are excited to welcome our new coach Terence Yu to the team, as well as racing for the first time at the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival.



Team Members 

Terence Yu



Co-Captain / Treasurer



  • Ayesha Obed
  • SL
  • Vanessa
  • Pramod Mendonca
  • Bellal Jubran
  • Rosalinda C

  • Shalini
  • Maria Balassu
  • Sandra Derencinovic
  • Seemal S
  • Petronella C
  • Keisha L

  • Pat Gallo
  • Stephanie K
  • Kalpana Chouhan
  • Derek Little
  • Iain R
  • Sophia Smith